‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Highlights the Bad Guys in New Photo

by Allison Hambrick

“Law & Order: Organized Crime” had a tall order to fulfill: finding bad guys who could square up to Elliot Stabler, played by Christopher Meloni. The series succeeded with the casting of Tamara Taylor and Dylan McDermott as the incredibly slimy Angela and Richard Wheatley.

“Bad never looked so good,” the series’ Instagram account wrote. The caption accompanied a photo of McDermott and Taylor striking a pose.

For the past two seasons, fans have been introduced to the toxic family dynamic that the Wheatleys share. Richard is a crime boss who is responsible for the death of Kathy Stabler. Angela is his treacherous ex wife who faked serious injuries following an attempt by Richard on her life.

On paper, they should be enemies. However, the Law & Order: Organized Crime duo appear to be working together once again. As a result, fans find themselves wondering just what Angela is thinking. She went from testifying against Richard to teaming up with him in the span of one episode.

Taylor Discusses Angela’s Law & Order: Organized Crime Betrayals

Back in December, Taylor unpacked Angela’s choices. While it is hard to see why she held back from convicting Richard, Angela is simply acting in the spirit of self-preservation. As a result, Taylor is hopeful that fans will be willing to see her side of things.

“That’s my hope, is that people are like, “Damn, she really gave it all up. She’s in rough shape and may not ever recover, all to take down this man, her ex,’” Taylor explained. “But the funny thing is, what I sort of unpacked about Angela — and what the writers have been talking about, and [showrunner] Ilene [Chaiken], who I just love — is that… after the trial, after the verdict, what happens generally to people that have been protected is that they’re just left high and dry.” 

Taylor also teased that Angela’s motives may not be straightforward. Just because she’s helping Richard now, does not mean she is on his side. Angela is a mother and a victim. Her actions are meant to protect herself and her daughter from Richard’s fallout.

“So, Angela’s left with nothing, no protection against the man that tried to kill her twice,” the actress continued. “So, what does one do? Appear to be a non-threat, perhaps appear to ally with him? Whatever you need to do to stay alive, and to keep your kid alive… There’s definitely a razor’s edge, man. She’s walking it.”

As for whether Angela will live to regret her choices, Taylor didn’t say. Find out how things pan out for Angela Wheatley on Law & Order: Organized Crime. The series airs Thursdays on NBC.

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